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Authorities build anti-Roma walls in Slovakia

Issue No. 2380

Many of the Roma living in Page Hall are Slovakian. They say they came to Britain to look for a better life —and it isn’t hard to see why.

The authorities in Slovakia are building walls to segregate Roma from the rest of the population.

One wall was put up in Kosice, Slovakia’s second city, in the summer. Now Kosice mayor Richard Rasi has pledged to remove it, calling it illegal.

The wall is the 14th to be built in Slovakia since 2009. Eight are in the Kosice and Presov regions, which have the highest populations of Roma in Slovakia.

Politicians blame Roma for the walls.

The local government in Ostrovany built a 150-metre long wall to segregate Roma. The mayor said it was to stop “vandalism and theft”.

Walls have also been built in the Czech Republic and Romania.

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